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Coolest Photo Taken

in the History of EVER

5/15/2009 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

An amateur astronomer named Thierry Legault took this unbelievable photo of the Space Shuttle Atlantis silhouetted by our massive sun -- and you won't believe what it took to get the shot.

Space Shuttle
The shuttle (which is only 37m long and has a 24m wingspan) was traveling 17,500 mph at 350 miles above the Earth's surface -- and Lagault says he only had .8 seconds to get the shot. The sun looms in the background a mere 91 million miles away.

We're not going to get into what kind of equipment, settings and preparation it took -- because we're too busy staring at the pic to get into it. But you can check out another amazing shot on the dude's website.

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the truth    

photoshop

1989 days ago
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THE TRUTH IS WITHIN ME BITCHES    

great shot!

1989 days ago
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Marie    

If this is not photoshopped it is amazing.

1989 days ago
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artie help    

that's mark anthony orbiting J.Lo's can.

1989 days ago
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hmmm..    

Oh SICK! Wow that is amazing.

1989 days ago
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two cents    

Yet the Odumba administration needs to fly Air Force One over NYC to get their shot. LOL!!!

1989 days ago
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steve allen    

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....believing this shot???...not so much...ya know Jupiter aligning with Mars...Nancy Pelosi saying she did'nt get the water boarding thing...Obama and his stimulus package and guys urinating on Ol' Faithful...and now this???

1989 days ago
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I call Shotgun    

That's just a bug on the skin of a lemon.

If Nancy Pelosi saw this, she would swear she never saw it and never even heard of "NASA". And if her eyes accidentally raked across this image, it's because some evil right-winger lied to her and told her it was an image of gay people getting married. So there, politics has been introduced into the fray.

MILITARY TRIBUNALS ARE BACK AT GITMO!!!! WAY TO GO OH-BAMA!!

1989 days ago
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Elektra    

What an amazing pic, love it.

For the dumbasses who thinks this is fake, get a grip people.

1989 days ago
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SocialistCowardicePigs    

So wait, you mean this is a photo where Obama didn't waste millions of tax dollars and terrorize the citizens of New York? LOL!!!!

Where's all the posts about Pelosi being proven to loving some waterboarding at?

1989 days ago
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dsfgdfg    

wow i dont understand how you have .8 sec to take a pic when you are next to the sun and how the hell is that the sun?? 17,500 mph wow airplanes go like 700mph!

1989 days ago
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PurpleSmurf    

Yup. A sun with a lifespan, a planet that is one of over 100 billion in the universe. Inside a galaxy that shares said universe with countless other galaxys. And said universe is expanding. But hey, it was created by some sky-god for us...

1989 days ago
13.

Herpes Ho Hilton    

FAKE

1989 days ago
14.

zenotek    

Wow, all the TMZ tards have brought the website link to its knees.

1989 days ago
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rgdownes    

Sorry, just ain't buying it without proof. I don't believe our sun looks like the perfect yellow orb that is shown in this pic.

1989 days ago
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